Originally Posted by 6 feet over
I will. (Dumb question alert!) Everyone uses the term quilt, but it sounds like any blanket I have around would work. Correct?
The difference between a quilt and a blanket is that a blanket is generally one material through-and-through. A quilt generally (like a sleeping bag) uses a high-quality insulation that's both highly insulative and fairly fragile. The trade-off is lower weight and less bulk for the amount of insulation you're getting, versus having to deal with a less-than-durable material.
To handle part of the durability issue, quilts have different materials on the outside, thus protecting the insulation. They also utilize some sort of stabilization method - commonly stitching or quilt loops - to help keep the fragile insulation from coming apart inside the shell. Thus the term "quilt"; in fact, as far as I know, a piece of insulating gear isn't actually a quilt unless it uses some sort of quilting process. For instance, from NCPatrick's report, the top quilt sold by Fanatic Fringe wouldn't qualify as an actual "quilt."